• The Twisted Sword: A Novel of Cornwall 1815

  • Poldark, Book 11
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (394 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Twisted Sword is the 11th in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark.

Cornwall, 1815. Demelza sees a horseman riding down the valley and senses disruption to the domestic contentment she has fought so hard to achieve. For Ross has little option but to accept the summons - and travel to Paris with his family as an 'observer' of the French armed forces.

Parisian life begins well, with an exhilarating round of balls and parties. But the return of Napoleon brings separation, distrust and danger to the Poldarks...and always for Demelza there is the shadow of the secret she does not share even with Ross.

©2017 Winston Graham (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"From the incomparable Winston Graham...who has everything that anyone else has, then a whole lot more." ( Guardian)

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Great story, Best narrator!

Of course this is a great story, and incredibly moving many times, but what made this listen an amazing experience is the talent of Oliver J Hembrough. He nails every voice, every personality, every ACCENT with beautiful precision and fluidity. I am amazed at his talent and look forward to hearing more stories narrated by him.

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Such a nourishing escape... and lense.

Now I move on to the last in the series: Bella Poldark.

These novels are such a refuge from the ugliness and confusion of our current times
Clearly there was as much mess and overwhelm in the late 1700s n early 1800s... and Graham does not avoid the challenges of that era.
But he portrays the Cornwall (and French) countryside and folk of low and high station with such lush verbal artistry, that I come away seeing more the beauty in my current suroundings and doings much more.

I treasure escaping to the absorbing and beautiful world Graham has fashioned... and the way I find greater value in my "today" his artistry tunes me to.

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Heartwrenching

This was one of my favorites of the Poldark series. The description of the Battle of Waterloo was haunting and broke my heart. The characters and relationships have been so beautifully crafted and developed that you cannot help but be drawn in. The performance by Mr. Hemsbrough will take yoir breath away.

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Cried!

By far the saddest book of the series. I had to pull my car over to weep at a certain point in the story. The performance of the audio is outstanding, expressing all the high voltage emotions in this particular novel.

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The loving cup

Although I recommend this book, it is my least favorite in the series thus far. For my taste there was too much detail regarding French history and the war.

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Poldark

Loved this book as I have done with the others. Recommend everyone to listen to W Grahams books.

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Great narration

Oliver hembrough does an awesome job narrating and I can not stop listening to one Winston graham story after another

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Love Winston Graham's Poldark novels

I have listened to all 12 Winston Graham Poldark novels now! I enjoyed everyone. I wish there were more.

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Oliver Hembrough is brilliant as usual

I love this series so much. I'm sad that I'm down to just one Poldark book left after this!!
I hope Oliver Hembrough records more books, especially another series. He brings the characters to life in such a way, that I get drawn into the story, more so than just reading them.

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amazing, compelling series

I didn't want it to end, but never wanted to put it down either.
Love it so much

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  • Amalia
  • 08-08-18

As always, an amazing performance

I will not talk about the book since it's the eleventh in the series and if you get this far you obviously like it.
I need to talk about the narrator. When I first bought the series I was very reluctant since I suspected I couldn't listen to that actor because he IS George in the TV series and I hate him.

BUT. He is an AMAZING narrator I don't know how he does it. You forget after a while that it's only one man reading. Voices, accents...the man is a genius and among my top 5 narrators ever.

I will buy any book he reads, are you listening dear Audible?

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  • 09-20-20

Most loved characters

Amazing series of books which I started for the first time during the original Poldark series in the 70s.This book is one of my favourites. The war descriptions are horrible and the bit about the horse traumatised me a bit but alas true to life. So sad what happened. Reread and listen to these books multiple times. Narrator is superb. Sends me to sleep every night. Just as well I know the stories off by heart.

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  • Alison Wyatt
  • 05-24-22

A very good read

Another great story full of historical events and family saga.
Brilliant narration and production.
A pleasure to listen to.

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  • E Davis
  • 04-08-22

The older Ross gets the less I like him

Some of things he's said in the last couple of books have been less than fabulous

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  • Karen Thorpe
  • 05-15-21

Wonderful novel

Great listen. One of my favourites in the series.
Excellent narration that enhanced the enjoyment. One of the best narrators I have listened to.

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  • Kirsty Mackay
  • 01-09-21

As we continue to live in this Cornish world

Still awash on Poldark 's world one grieves his loss and celebrates his gains sunk deep in the days of old Cornwall breathing and living in a long gone world .... An excellent read❤❤

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  • Tricia
  • 10-03-20

great narrator

I enjoyed getting to know the younger characters better. the narrator was fantastic, making everyone come alive. I will be reading the next book.

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  • Miss Allison List
  • 05-24-20

15 out of 15 stars

just the best audio book series ever.
loved the war descriptions and all the sentimentality of the whole book.

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  • Carricat
  • 06-27-19

Great story

One of the great Poldark books, beautifully read. A real listening treat and strengthens the characters ready for the final novel Bella Poldark.

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  • Dinky124
  • 04-30-19

Fabulous read

Another intriguing tale of Poldark and his family. Lots of twists and unexpected happenings. Can’t wait to read the final book in this gripping series.

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  • Alex Malihoudis
  • 01-03-19

best narrator ever

Great writing as in all Poldark books. Hembrough is the best narrator of audiobooks I have ever heard.